The Global Forum of Latin America and the Caribbean, which was held at Fordham University in New York, closed yesterday Friday with a warning about the importance of Latin American leaders getting closer to the new generations and working to stop the deterioration of democracy in Latin America .
“In the last 15 years we have lost nine democracies in the region,” commented the regional director of International IDEA for Latin America and the Caribbean, Daniel Zovatto, on the last day of the event organized by the Global Democracy and Development Foundation, chaired by former president Dominican, Leonel Fernandez.
Fernández recommended “strengthening the role of political parties in the region” and opined that political formations should better manage social networks to promote a Latin American democracy “that guarantees freedom, social justice, peace, progress and well-being.” According to data from Latinobarómetro, 51% of the region’s citizens would not mind living in a non-democratic country if it offered them the results they want
“We run the risk that the discomfort of the people on the street turns into a discomfort with democracy,” Zovatto said.
The director of Human Rights Watch in the Americas division, Tamara Taraciuk, spoke about the situation in El Salvador: “President Bukele has dismantled democratic institutions in a very short time, he governs through Twitter and he does it very effectively.” .
The Salvadoran president recently announced that he would stand for re-election against the constitutional articles that prohibit chaining mandates. “The governments of the region should not support regimes that do not defend the independence of the judiciary, the press and civil society,” Taraciuk stated.
As for Haiti, the former president of the Dominican Republic said that “at present it is a collapsed state because although it has suffered from chronic political instability.” Economic problems and challenges have been discussed on several occasions during the global forum.
“We are the most unequal region in the world and where this inequality is most noticeable is in women,” said the regional director of UN Women for Latin America and the Caribbean, María Noel Vaeza.
“70% of the parliamentarians in the region are men and we will not have better democracies if there is no active participation of women,” said Vaeza.